This spicy bean salsa recipe is fresh, zesty, delicious and great for parties. It is also the perfect food to have hanging out in your fridge all week for lunch wraps, salads or to top grilled chicken with.
Here's a little fun fact about this recipe. It is the very first recipe I ever posted on this blog in September of 2010. Two years later, in 2012, I reposted it because the first round of photos OHMYGOSH they were terrible. (Wanna see?) And now here I am, reposting again because while I thought the second round of photos were amazing back in 2012, THEY WERE NOT.
I'm sure five years from now the photos in this post will make me melt, but this is what you get for now. The fact that this was my numero uno post and that I've felt the need to keep updating it should tell you exactly how much I love it. I have made it approximately nine million bazillion times in my adult life and it never gets old. It is the best food to have hanging out in my fridge and it is also an incredible little dish to bring to parties along with a bag of tortilla chips.
WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO TO SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE YOUR OWN FRESH SALSA!
HOW TO MAKE SPICY BEAN SALSA
In a medium bowl combine the following:
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2-4 jalapeno peppers, diced (optional)
15-oz. can blackeye peas, drained
15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
15-oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
8 oz. Italian-style salad dressing
Garlic salt, to taste
Salt & pepper, to taste
Mix well, cover and refrigerate until you are ready to enjoy!
RECIPE TIPS: HOW TO MAKE SALSA THE VERY BEST EVER!
This recipe is gluten free, but before you add the Italian dressing read the label! Some store-bought versions of the dressing contain wheat.
Allowing the salsa to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes is a must! The best scenario is to refrigerate overnight for optimal flavor!
I enjoy this salsa in so many different ways, but I'll tell you my favorites! Solo with a sprinkling of salt as a light lunch. As a topping on a grilled chicken breast. As a dressing on a leafy salad. As a dip for tortilla chips.
Bring this with you to the next party you are invited to and you'll be the star! Everyone will ask you for the recipe.
OTHER HEALTHY SALADS OPTIONS
Edamame Tomato Corn Salad - Edamame Tomato Corn Salad is my favorite salad recipe of ALL TIME. This delicious salad is a crowd-pleaser, enjoyed any time of the year. Bring this to a party and it will be devoured immediately!
Loaded Veggie Salad - This versatile Loaded Veggie Salad is EASY to make and it is packed with healthy ingredients, such as chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes and avocados. It is a delicious lunch, wrap filling, party side or even a topping for chicken!
Quinoa Edamame Salad - Quinoa Edamame Salad is great for parties and can be served in throw-away cups for serving ease. Also great as a salad to have in the fridge. It is packed with fresh fruit and veggies.